Perdre Expressions

French expressions with perdre
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Losing French Phrases

The French verb perdre, “to lose,” is found in many idiomatic expressions, including to get mixed up, to waste time, and to go crazy. Learn these and dozens of other French expressions featuring perdre.

Perdre translations

  • to be down (points)
  • to get out of (a habit)
  • to leak (water)
  • to lose
  • to mislay
  • to miss
  • to ruin
  • to shed
  • to spoil
  • to waste (time, money)

Perdre expressions

perdre confianceto lose one’s confidence
perdre connaissanceto pass out, lose consciousness
perdre (le) contact (avec un ami) to lose touch (with a friend)
perdre courageto lose heart, courage
perdre du poidsto lose weight
perdre du tempsto waste time
perdre du terrainto lose ground
perdre espoir to lose hope
perdre l’équilibreto lose one’s balance
perdre l’espritto go out of one’s mind
perdre l’occasion deto miss the opportunity to
perdre la boule(informal) to go crazy
perdre la paroleto lose the power of speech
perdre la raisonto go out of one’s mind
perdre la têteto go crazy
perdre la vieto lose one’s life
perdre la vueto lose one’s vision
perdre le contrôle to lose control
perdre le fil(informal) to lose the thread (of a conversation)
perdre le goût de (travailler, manger)to lose interest in, to not feel like (working, eating)
perdre le nord(informal) to get confused
perdre le souffleto be out of breath
perdre les pédales(informal) to lose track, get confused, go crazy
perdre patienceto lose patience
perdre piedto be out of one’s depth (literally and figuratively)
perdre quelqu’un de vueto lose sight of someone
perdre sa page (en lisant)to lose one’s place (while reading)
perdre ses moyensto crack up, go insane
perdre son pantalonto have one’s pants/trousers falling down
perdre son tempsto waste time
perdre un ami de vue  to lose touch with a friend
    
courir à perdre haleineto run as fast as one can
Elle a perdu les eaux (grossesse) Her water broke (pregnancy)
gagner une bataille mais perdre la guerre to win the battle but lose the war
J’y perds mon latinIt’s all Greek to me; I can’t make heads or tails of it
n’avoir rien à perdreto have nothing to lose
Tu n’y perds rien !It’s no great loss, You haven’t missed anything.
Tu y perds It’s your lost
    
se perdreto get lost, lose one’s way
to disappear, vanish, be dying out
se perdre dans les détailsto get bogged down in details
se perdre dans la fouleto get lost in the crowd
se perdre dans la nuit to vanish into the night, get swallowed by darkness
se perdre dans ses penséesto be lost in thought
se perdre dans le vacarme to get lost in the din, get drowned out by the din
Je m’y perdsI’m lost, I’m all confused
Rien ne se perd, rien ne se crée
(tout se transforme)
 Matter can neither be created nor destroyed
(only transformed)
le sens s’est perdu the meaning has been lost

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